Maybe our beloved Gibson is going a little sideways. But check this out!

Gibson is in more than a little bit trouble due to floods and other setbacks.

What does this mean to us who love the art of playing or creating music?

Yea, sure you might be able to buy a copy of a Les Paul or Stratocaster made in a foreign country.

But, in all honesty.

Nothing beats the real thing – as any mature adult knows even if they don’t play music, and only listen to it.

So, what are the takeaway’s or what can we as consumers/users of these products get from the statements above?

Well, enter Bandlab.com. Cakewalk Sonar which was once a Gibson owned product. Now it’s free!

https://www.bandlab.com/products/cakewalk

Fender acquired RiffStation and is now offering it for free!

https://pro.riffstation.com/download/

In summary, if you want to help either of these companies survive.
Please only buy the real thing.

Or sit there looking at your hand and think for a while.

Sources:
A friend told me about bandlab and cakewalk. Read about Riffstation here:

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/free-download-fenders-riffstation-shows-you-chords-for-any-song/

Ok, why should you be careful when at work and using a company computer?

According to the CompTIA A+ training I am presently doing on Lynda.com, 51% of all serious malware attacks that successfully target companies – come from internal network users. The largest percentage of these attacks occur from non-admin employed workers going to non work related websites.

Once the malware is on the non admin users computer the hacker with a simple Privilege Escalation attack payload, will spread said payload across your enterprise and start harvesting things like your bank account login and password, and that of everybody else you work with!

That is if they or you use a work computer to access any sensitive account where a malicious monetary gain can be made. 😉

Furthermore, in an extreme scenario the company you work for could be forced to go out of business, and there is a good chance you will become infamous and never be able to find another job doing what you do now.

So…

Please surf the web safely where ever you use any internet connected device.

Please always install all security updates, never rely on any updates being automatically installed on any device or any software anywhere, to do so is simply irresponsible.

A blown up phone, tablet, laptop or computer from an update is much easier to recover from than losing all your money and then having to fight to get it back, all the while doing the same to others you work with whom have worked so hard for what they have.

Photo credits: https://hiveminer.com – (tigercop2k3) 

Amazon Echo dot

So, I broke down and bought an Amazon Echo dot.

I love it!

It’s like having a personal assistant that I don’t have to pay.

It has a small speaker built in, but you can plug it into any sound system you can may have, or connect to a Bluetooth speaker using the Alexa app on your phone.


Having Amazon prime is almost a must have but you can get by with just a regular Amazon account.


https://www.reddit.com/r/Alexa_Skills/ is a great place to  go if you want to deep dive this product.